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Nicki Minaj Gets a ‘Make-Under’ for Cover of Elle

Nicki Minaj without crazy hair or makeup is alright with us.

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Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj Joining American Idol

Get ready for the most dysfunctional season in American Idol history.

Country star Keith Urban and rapper/pseudo-Republican Nicki Minaj have signed on as the final judges for the Fox singing competition.  They will be  paired with R&B legend Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson to form quite the odd foursome.

Even though Urban’s compensation wasn’t revealed, Minaj reportedly signed a one-year contract for $12 million and further extending her 15 minutes of fame.

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Nicki Minaj Announces Free New York City Make-Up Concert

Queens native Nicki Minaj is finally giving fans what they want–a free concert. The August 14, New York City show is a make-up for bailing on Hot 97′s Summer Jam in June.

“We are excited to offer the first 1,500 fans the opportunity to attend the show,” a link from Minaj’s Twitter account stated on her Website. “You must line up at the venue no earlier than 12 noon at the secret location. The first 1,500 fans in line will receive wrist bands, that will guarantee access to the event.”

Fans are encouraged to fill out a modest form with their name, email address, age and state.

But Minaj isn’t just “talking” to fans. On her Website post, the rapper writes Hot 97, Power 105, Z100, 92.3 Now, and WBLI should “listen and win.”

During Summer Jam, Hot 97/WQHT morning personality Peter Rosenberg ripped Minaj’s new single Starships as too “pop” and not enough hip hop.

It didn’t take long for Minaj mentor, and head of her record label, L’il Wayne to pull her from the show.

At the time she tweeted, “I go above and beyond for my fans. But won’t ever go against wayne’s word. What  he says, goes.”

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Peeking at Hollywood Trades Web Traffic

The worldwide Web traffic in February 2012 for the Hollywood trades is pretty much what you’d expect. THR is a runaway leader with just under seven million uniques; deadline.com comes in a solid second at around a million-eight, followed by TheWrap and Variety.

More surprising are some of the other details compiled in a comScore comparison obtained by FishbowlLA. For example, according to the breakdown, within the U.S., Variety skews youngest among the four trades, hitting the 25-to-34 demo foremost. TheWrap meanwhile reportedly appeals more to women and readers ages 45-to-54. Sharon Waxman’s site also has, by far, the weakest international imprint.

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Grammy Awards Hires First Host in Seven Years

The ladies aren’t the only ones that love LL Cool J.

For the first time in seven years, the Grammy Awards have decided to go with a host in the rapper-turned-actor and co-star of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.

LL Cool J has previously served as host of the Grammy nominations concert. Queen Latifah was the last host of the Grammys back in 2005.

The Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson are scheduled to perform on Feb. 12 from Staples Center.

“I will always have fond memories of my first Grammy Awards and to now be hosting the Grammy show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true,” LL Cool J said in a statement.

Hot 97 Snags First Ever Radio Interview with Rapper Nicki Minaj

Breakout hip-hop star Nicki Minaj is giving Hot 97/WQHT her first ever radio interview.

Minaj, a Queens native, will be a guest on VIP Lounge with Angie Martinez at a secret location. It will air on November 19. Minaj will perform songs from her first album Pink Friday, which hits the stores on November 22.

Listeners can win a chance to watch the private event during Martinez’s weekday show from 3 p.m to 7 p.m. or by logging on to hot97.com.